Various aspects of cybersecurity and artificial intelligence feature strongly in this week’s stories below, ahead of our energy security event on 16 August. Google Glass returns to life, Sydney’s new start-up hub, Australia’s space agency, energy security, iris scans for banking, evil robots, and much more.
At press time, it’s been reported that the Coalition will support at least 49 of the 50 recommendations of Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s Independent Review of the National Electricity Market, helping to resolve Australia’s electricity issues. Our other top stories this week include 3D-printed heart valves, Macron’s ban on petrol and diesel cars, high hopes for nuclear fusion, and much more.
This week’s Prototype is out now. Volvo electrifies, cryptocurrency surge, Virgin ready, and much more. We also convey with great sadness that Emeritus Professor Rolf Prince, one of The Warren Centre’s founding directors, passed away this week. Australia and the world have lost one of our great chemical engineering educators and practitioners.
It’s the 10th anniversary of Apple’s iPhone. The App Store and Apple’s rival Android platform have enabled a whole new economy. Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon are still building empires on that foundation. In that environment, the latest tech news is ever more important. This week’s Prototype features Petya and the Ukraine cyberwar, autonomous ethics, fire safety, and much more.
With continuing changes in energy technology, ongoing disruption in markets, and new developments in electricity policy, questions persist about the nation’s energy future. Join us on July 5 in the Sydney CBD for Carrots, Sticks and Consumers, a discussion on the future of energy in Australia. Meanwhile in this week’s Prototype, we have CubeSat success, emotional intelligence, CRISPR biofuel, solar paint, and much more…
The long awaited Chief Scientist’s review into Australia’s electricity market has been issued. Business support for the plan is clear and emphatic. Doing nothing is not an option. Business as usual is not a plan. Meanwhile in the rest of the world, India is moving to electric cars, Alphabet is selling Boston Dynamics, the Arctic seed vault is getting a much-needed revamp… and much more.
Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel will present results from the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market to COAG today – the report will be available soon. Meanwhile, the rest of this week’s sci-tech and innovation stories include 3D concrete, Indian rocket, North American energy policy, technology and terrorism, and many more.
The progress of AI continues to defy even the most learned predictions, meaning that it has never been more important to keep an eye on emerging global technology news. So check out this week’s edition, featuring the Paris climate change accords, NASA missions new and old, Australian renewable targets, the BA software outage, and much more:
Humanity’s ability to adapt to challenges is a key theme in this week’s Prototype stories: we see DNA providing a platform for data storage, cancer treatment aligned with the patient’s genetic makeup, a robotic arm modelled on the Venus fly trap, Chinese mining of methane, epidemiology by virus mutation, and many more.
The latest Prototype is out now, featuring the WannaCry worm, China’s new Silk Road, brain-on-a-chip, HP’s new supercomputer, and much more. Meanwhile at The Warren Centre, we’ve hosted briefings from Tom Gellibrand, Deputy Program Director of Sydney Metro, and visiting international STEM expert Dr Rodger Bybee.